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What is IOOF

What is IOOF

Posted: 1021914888000
Classification: Query
Surnames: DULL
What is IOOF?

Paula

Re: What is IOOF

John C. Awbrey (View posts)
Posted: 1022212018000
Classification: Query
I am pretty sure it stands for Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Their website is www.ioof.org

Re: MUIOOF & Freemasonary

George Currie - NZ (View posts)
Posted: 1027140978000
Classification: Query
Hi Paula, Yes your ealier reply is correct, but perhaps I should elaborate more for you. It is an abreviation of MUIOOF which is "Manchester Unity Independant Order of Oddfellows". It is quite different from the Masonic Lodges in that it is a "benefit lodge". It has more of a social structure than Masonic, founded in Manchester, England during the days before Government Social Welfare assistance. Members contributed for common benefits of health and welfare. It has both male and female membership. These Lodges continue today supplying those same benefits likes of lower doctor and chemist costs, credit unions for member savings and lending. Funeral benefits and has a strong social structure. Masonic Lodges are based on male membership although there are many female and children's ladges and associations as well. Freemasonary has a very large and varied application to community life. Simply it is based on the ancient Stone Masons and the building of any building structure made to stand the rigors of time. This is symbolically applied to the human race to make good men better men. The science of erecting the impressive building structures around the world are done so having to stay up! So this applied to men should make them strong upright members of the community and society generally. The process of being a Freemason is likened to that of joining the very early stonemason leagues of becoming an apprentice, through to a fellowcraft to that of a fully qualified stonemason who knows how to build any large building and constructed to stay there. All the tools of a stonemason are sybolically used to depict aspects of life that can help people apply themselves as good and sound citizens of the community and society at large. Without any "trumpets blowing" Freemasons give much to society in health and welfare in helping those in difficulty, but their membership in particular. In general terms a member of a masonic ladge should be one to be respected. There ios a good social structure built into the Lodges as well. I think they have sometimes let themselves down in not proclaiming their values more. Up until recently a new member had to seek membership knowingly wanting to be like those others in the community they respected. However this has tended to make them in some regions a "closed secret society" which they really are not. This seems to be an offshoot thinking of those outside what is often known as "The Craft" (Freemasonary). It has strong biblical backing as well and once a member one can find it a most interesting and beneficial organisation to be a part of. There is much more to Freemasnoary than what I have alluded to here but this is a "little painting" of the organisation which is very big in the world as a whole in many countries. Best wishes or if it was to another Masonic member "Fraternal Greetings". George Currie, PM Methven Lodge No.51 New Zealand Constitution. (PM - "Past Master")

Re: MUIOOF & Freemasonary

Posted: 1316164334000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wannell
WOW, thanks for the info! Just found my Great GF was a member of the "Loyal Pride of Arncliffe MUIOOF" NSW Australia in 1928 when he passed. Now I have a better understanding thanks! I have his membership number, any advise on how to see if they have any information on him!

Thanks Debby

Re: MUIOOF & Freemasonary

Posted: 1325568791000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Murphy
Debbie, where did you find this information? I am looking for details on my husband's grandfather who was a member in NSW from 1927. We found his name on a membership board in a museum in Hay, NSW. Would love to find more info. Thanks, Stella

Re: MUIOOF & Freemasonary

Posted: 1325735018000
Classification: Query
Hi Stella,

This is the reply I received when I contacted the Arncliffe Lodge, maybe it can help you!

Regards Debby

Dear Debra,
The Lodge was closed 19th April, 2008. However the Lodge Journals are at the Mitchell Library in Sydney with the History of the Lodges. Pride of Arncliffe was part of the St George District.

Sorry I cannot help you any further.

Yours Fraternally
Catherine Pont
Company/Grand Secretary
Manchester Unity Independent Order
of Oddfellows in NSW
PO Box 3478 PARRAMATTA BC NSW 2124
PH: 02 8836 6313
FX: 02 8835 4981
0458 000 879

Re: MUIOOF & Freemasonary

Posted: 1325758899000
Classification: Query
Hi Debby,

Many thanks for that info. Shall try my luck.
Regards,
Stella

Re: What is IOOF

Posted: 1343472476000
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Also wondering what the initial N G would mean after the persons name. My Great x 2 Grandfather has this after his name in some advertisements for funerals in relation to lodge members. Does anyone know what it might be.

Re: What is IOOF

Posted: 1352155628000
Classification: Query
Your request re the tille NG refers to the possition held in the order.

It is Noble Grand (Master) that can refer to a particular Lodge in the organisation.
The Oddfellows for short - are Based in Manchester though lodges are in many other parts of the world.
Your best line of reserch is via www.oddfellows.co.uk/

The society provided is mainly a friendly society where making friends and helping people is its main role. Benefits are given to members as needed and social functions are normaly subsididised by the lodge.
The other functions are the suport of charities, localy and through the societies structure they provide funding for larger research projects .n the area of medical researc where we can fund an area of research over a 3 year period.
It is not an expensive organisation to Join and both Men and woemen can join or families.

Check out the sites and if you require any further help contact me direct at demainem @btinternet .com
Hope that this helps

Re: What is IOOF

Posted: 1352255715000
Classification: Query
Thanks for the information much appreciated
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